Best 5% beers that come in 12 oz cans?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by sportscrazed2, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (264) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
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    I like to have a couple new beers pretty often. I need to lower my cholesterol right now and I looked at the doctor recommendation for alcohol and they say 2 a day for men. Well if a pint of beer is 7.5% that's not exactly 1 beer now is it? Any recommendations for stuff that would fit the "standard" drink description that i could drink 2 of and be within guidelines?
     
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  2. MNAle

    MNAle Meyvn (1,010) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Well, any recommendation will be a bit of a shot in the dark without knowing what you like.

    Deschutes Mirror Pond is @5.0%.
    Founders All Day IPA is @ 4.7%.

    Plus, many craft pilsners, witbiers, and kölsches and most so-called "session" craft beers (such as the aforementioned All Day) will be in that ABV vicinity.

    For imports, PIlsner Urquell, König Pilsener, Reissdorf Kölsch, O'Hara's Irish Stout, a genuine English Bitter (not ESB - too high ABV), such as Coniston Bluebird, and many Belgian wits such as Hoegaarden Original White Ale are at or below 5%.
     
  3. TooGood

    TooGood Defender (661) Jan 28, 2014 Minnesota

    New Glarus Moon Man, stock up next time you're in Wisconsin.
     
  4. MNAle

    MNAle Meyvn (1,010) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    I almost included that one, but, sadly, they insist on being WI-only! :slight_frown:
     
  5. TooGood

    TooGood Defender (661) Jan 28, 2014 Minnesota

    Moon Man is the only beer I buy by the case. Every time I cross the border I come back with a case or 2 of Moon Man.
     
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  6. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (264) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
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    When does the Rennaisance faire start again?
     
  7. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (1,542) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Fullers London Pride comes in at a cool 4.7%. It should be readily available at your local Total Wine or BevMo.
     
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  8. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (264) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
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    If i knew what either of those places were i'd be all over em
     
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  9. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (264) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
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    Is beer as cheap in wisconsin as i've been led to believe? I think i've only had new glarus a handful of times when going to baseball games and stopping at that cheese castle place on way back
     
  10. zid

    zid Champion (898) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    - What ABV range are you open to?
    - What styles are you looking for or are against?
    - Why does it need to be in cans?
    - Are you looking for something that you’ll have a few times at most and then move on from, or something that you’ll want to put in heavy rotation?
     
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  11. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,478) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yeah, the cans issue may be a stumbling block because most of those seem to be 16 oz (or 500ml) these days- even the new Samuel Smith's cans.
     
  12. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (264) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
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    I'm basically looking for stuff that I can have 2 of and be within the standards of 2 drinks per day doctors recommend for males. I drink 1 beer then look at beer advocate and it usually prompts a second. That's all fine and dandy until the first one is a 7.5% double IPA in a pint sized can. That basically means drinking 1.5 beers in one can. Was just looking for beers that would meet the criteria for 1 drink. Heavy rotation if good enough or if not just to try once and move on.
     
  13. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (264) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
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    Cans doesn't matter just looking for stuff that fits the definition of a single drink in one container
     
  14. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,478) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Okay, if that's the case then many of the Samuel Smith's beers also come in 330ml bottles, including the Oatmeal Stout and Taddy Porter at 5% each.
     
  15. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Initiate (179) Dec 24, 2011 Texas

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is 5.6% and you can get it pretty much anywhere. It's a fantastic beer,
     
  16. Livyatan1996

    Livyatan1996 Disciple (310) Sep 29, 2017 Missouri

    you could go ahead and help your wallet out too and switch to hamm's or pbr. but there's plenty of the aforementioned styles that are around or under 5%. i know some parts of indiana get urban chestnut and quite a few of their brews fit around there and are very good
     
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  17. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (227) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Having found the Alpenflo again (this time in a sixer reasonably priced) I'm tempted to say that - 12 oz can 4.8% and delicious. But that wasn't easy to find out here, maybe more available in your area. Nevertheless it seems you need to embrace styles that shine in your ABV defined range (such as Helles).
     
  18. Socialillness

    Socialillness Initiate (47) May 9, 2018 New York
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    Lawsons super session... End of discussion :wink:
     
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  19. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (264) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
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    Well might need to Google and see if my part of Indiana is one of em
     
  20. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,010) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Pilsner is the answer. Now what was the question?
     
  21. zid

    zid Champion (898) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    I mean this seriously - You can also stick to just one 7.5% 16oz beer a night and you’d still be following doctor’s orders. The total alcohol consumption is the same as two 5% 12oz beers.
     
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  22. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,198) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Mars Cheese Castle is the absolute worst place to pick up beer off the interstate in WI if one is trying to be price conscious. Next time stop off at the Woodman's there in Kenosha for beer. Easy off/easy on and the prices on New Glarus can't be beat.
     
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  23. zid

    zid Champion (898) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    I should have added: But I get it - you’re tempted to have two.
     
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  24. MNAle

    MNAle Meyvn (1,010) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    As @zid points out, it is actually 2 "standard" beers in one can.

    12 oz @ 5% ABV = 0.6 oz of alcohol
    16 oz @ 7.5% ABV = 1.2 oz of alcohol
     
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  25. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,198) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    It's an AAL but I thought Sierra Nevada Sierraveza was a well made version of the style. Good news it will be year round in 2019 and in cans to boot. Keep your eyes out for that one.
     
  26. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (264) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
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    Thanks for that. Been doing math wrong apparently
     
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  27. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,060) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, an outstanding Hefeweizen that is only 5.4% ABV.
     
  28. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,332) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Lagers if I’m looking low abv
    Firestone lager
    Summit hellerpils
    Schells fort road Helles
    Many others, unfortunately you can’t always find the last 2, but they’re great beers.
     
  29. Cnote_crafty_1

    Cnote_crafty_1 Aspirant (238) Apr 8, 2015 Pennsylvania

    doctors DO NOT recommend 2 beers a day, WHat!?!?! I haven't really chatted with my doctor about that, but I find that hard to believe that they would even recommend one a day as o.k.
     
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  30. Cnote_crafty_1

    Cnote_crafty_1 Aspirant (238) Apr 8, 2015 Pennsylvania

    YAAAAh, Ice HOuse WOOOOOHOOOOO
     
  31. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (829) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Sierra Nevada Nooner 5.2% ABV
     
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  32. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (264) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
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    Nah I meant that it's gneral guidelines like "if you're gonna do it anyway this is safe"
     
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  33. Lahey

    Lahey Disciple (357) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    I don't know how many michigan beers you get down there, but theres one called paled it by saugatuck brewing. I believe it's somewhere around 5 and it's freaking delicious. Good luck with your health by the way, good on you for listening to the doc.
     
  34. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,334) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Easy enough to accomplish - just get a smaller glass that only holds 8-10 oz...

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  35. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Devotee (446) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I'd suggest Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. It's 5.4% and as good a beer as is out there in that range. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the answer to many questions. At 5.6%, it might be the answer to yous also.
     
  36. AmeriCanadian

    AmeriCanadian Zealot (552) Jul 5, 2014 Tennessee

    If you can find it, Monday Night Brewing's Han Brolo (hazy pale ale at 4.7%) and Southern Prohibition's Devi's Harvest Breakfast IPA (4.9%) are really great lowish-grav, hoppy beers that offer a little more flavor than the OB Pinners and All Day IPAs of the world (which are also solid beers). Also, Goses, in general, are a great category for sub-5% beers that make for easy but tasty drinking, if you're into tarter beers.
     
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  37. elohim

    elohim Initiate (184) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia
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    agreed. If I am drinking something around the 5% mark there is at least an 80% chance it is a gose. It is the best low abv style imo.
     
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  38. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,478) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Close, but that would be Gueuze, not Gose. :slight_smile:
     
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  39. elohim

    elohim Initiate (184) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia
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    After you drink enough of them they start to sound the same anyway :wink:
     
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  40. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (834) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    If you need to lower your cholesterol, clean up your shit diet and start working out regularly. Not drinking every day should probably be a thing, too. If that doesn't work, then fuck it, you gotta die from something, right?

    And this:

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    And, of course, this:

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